Casinos are tuned to the key of C. Slot machine bleeps, video poker blurps, the pings that come before public announcements -- all in C. The sum total is a surprisingly warm hum, designed to keep gamblers hypnotized. Like the lack of natural light, the absence of clocks, and the recycled air, it is one of the many surreal environmental features of our nation's gambling halls.
Postcards: Atlantic City melds field recordings made in the seedy New Jersey resort town with slight modifications made at home -- new drones, toy pianos run through delay pedals, chirping birds recorded in Chelsea -- that interact, occasionally accidentally, with the source.
September 5, 2006 Subject:
Love this stuff! Keep up the good work, it may be experimental but it works!
April 19, 2006 Subject:
Great concept, great execution - this is a great example of what "experimental music" should be: an exploration of the sounds of our world, without all the emotional baggage that drags so much of the music in this category down. It uses "noise" as its foundation, but it is crafted so well that it's not just another Noise record: like all great art it is a creative reflection of real world observations. This record speaks to the nature of sound (as opposed to endless introspection and expressionism). If you are actually interested in "experimental music", do yourself a favor and check this out.